Kristen Faulkner to make BikeExchange-Jayco debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

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Kristen Faulkner wearing the leaders jersey of the Tour of Norway in 2021 on stage 2, after taking victory on the opening stage (Image credit: Getty Images)

Kristen Faulkner will be taking on her first race with BikeExchange-Jayco at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday, with the rider from the United States stepping into the action to add extra firepower to the Women’s WorldTour team on the cobbles.

BikeExchange-Jayco have already delivered a promising opening salvo for the season, securing their first international podium of the year, even though two key leaders – Faulkner and Amanda Spratt – are yet to pin a number on in Europe. After a run of wins over the Australian summer, first-year professional Ruby Roseman-Gannon came second on stage 1 of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana while Alexandra Manly came fourth. Georgia Baker also came fourth on stage 4.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.